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News and Updates 2013
Ho-ho-ho! Santa is back again with another
The Band Christmas quiz for us!
- From our dear friend Elliott Landy:
Fine Art Book with Elliott Landy's Photographs of The Band
I just launched a
Kickstarter project to create a fine art book of my
photographs of The Band. To read about it and support it, please go to
my Kickstarter page.
As most people familiar with The Band's music know, I took the photos
for their first two albums, Music From Big Pink and The
Band. I shot over 8000 frames of film. Of these, only about 30
have been widely published.
For 40 odd years, I have lived with many more photos of The Band than
anyone else has seen. I've wanted to make a book of them but could
never find a publisher. Now it is within reach. With your support via
the crowdsourcing website, Kickstarter, I'll be able to print and
publish a book which allows these images to be seen as they deserve to
be seen, printed to the highest standards on heavyweight high quality
Please send this Kickstarter link to support my Band book to everyone
you think may be interested in it.
-- Elliott Landy | Facebook | LandyVision
- Fresh from the mixing board of DJ Windy, we give you: "Mashed Between Trains"! Now, let's see who of you can identify all the samples!
- Our friend and photographer extraordinaire, John Scheele, just sent us a
photo of The Band at The Academy of Music, December 1971 -- an outtake from Scheele's Academy of Music photos.
There's a similar shot in the book that comes along with the new box set,
but this one is better of Levon and Garth -- and it's not been seen before...
- Cover story of the new issue of Paste magazine:
"Robbie Robertson -- Rock and Roll's Raconteur". Recommended reading, indeed.
- Richard Thompson on Levon Helm, from a recent
Q&A posted at Thompson's web site:
"Levon was the true definition of what Americana has come to mean. He played all the roots styles, and was an immensely influential drummer, with an unusual style. Also, of course, a fine singer, guitarist and mandolinist. Everyone in the UK was floored when they heard Big Pink, and it truly changed the landscape. It was such a thrill to play with him on Elvis Costello's TV special. I got to sing a verse of 'The Weight,' with Levon's drums about 3 feet behind me - what a great feeling."
Thanks to Simon Taaffe for the link.
- Another video of Robbie
discussing the new Live at the Academy set. Thanks to Paul Schoninger for the link.
- "The Band Plays on: Legendary New York Shows Get Deluxe Deep
Dive" -- article/video from MSNBC about the new
Live at the Academy of Music 1971
box set, with videos of Robbie and son Sebastian discussing the set.
- From our friend Brian Corbally:
Simcoe, Ontario just hosted the "Gentleman of the Road
Stopover" featuring Mumford and Sons and many other bands this past
weekend (Aug 24-25). Mumford was quoted as saying one of the reasons
they chose Norfolk County for the festival was because it was where
Rick Danko was from. They had a nice tribute to Rick Danko in the
local theatre, showing The Last Waltz throughout the day, and
they were selling a pretty cool Rick Danko tribute T-shirt. Mumford
and Sons also closed the entire festival by bringing all of the other
artists on stage and playing "The Weight" in tribute to Danko.
Read more at the
Norfolk County Site.
- David Crosby, from a recent article about The Byrds in
Even if the Byrds never play again, Crosby remains proud of his group's legacy. "Bob Dylan was coming to see us," he says. "He heard us play his stuff electric and you could hear the gears clicking in his head. He heard us do 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and he said 'uh-huh.' He then went out and found guys that could do that. The first batch players with Michael Bloomfield wasn't so good. But when you get the Band... They were so fucking good. When I first heard them I wanted to quit the business. I thought, 'Okay, well that's it. Not going to be able to do anything better than that!'"
It's Garth Hudson's 76th birthday
today! We send our best wishes to Garth and Maud.
- Release in September 2013: Live at the Academy of Music 1971 --
five-disc deluxe box set celebrating The Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages.
- The four-disc deluxe boxed set version of Bob Dylan's upcoming
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)
will include, for the first time ever, the complete historic performance by Bob Dylan and The Band from the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1969.
- Garth and Maud Hudson are currently on tour in Japan, see
garthhudson.com for details.
- Here are some
photos and a short review of
the Hudsons' gig last Saturday at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.
- Garth Hudson plays on Joseph Arthur's new album
The Ballad of Boogie Christ.
- YouTube video: The Band - "Slippin' And Slidin'", May 25 1971 L'Olympia, Paris, France
- The Levon Helm documentary Ain't In It For My Health will be
released on DVD on October 8th, according to Amazon.
- Bob Dylan (and friends) has been doing "The Weight" at his concerts lately,
check out e.g. this video from 07.24.
- New Starbucks The Band compilation: Opus Collection.
- Grateful Dead Family Discography: Grateful Dead (and others) Play The Band
- Promo video for The Beautiful Old, featuring Garth Hudson.
- Video interview of Robbie Robertson and son Sebastian discussing their upcoming children's book on music legends.
- "Across the Great-Divide: The Band, 'Yazoo Street Scandal', from The Basement Tapes (1968)"
- "Across the Great-Divide: The Band, 'Orange Juice Blues', from The Basement Tapes (1967)"
- New book(let) by Jamie Malanowski; The Book of Levon -- The Trials and Triumphs of Levon Helm.
- New Dutch The Band compilation:
- Added The Laurie Bower Singers'
Look what We've Done to these Songs, Ma... to the list of
albums with Band covers.
- Blog articles from Stephen Lewis:
Levon Helm, May 26, 1940 -- Apr 19, 2012
One year gone
The music will live forever
70 years ago, on April 3rd 1943, the great
Richard Manuel was born. Too soon gone.
- News from Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY:
"Join us on April 13th for a very special Ramble that will include a BBQ, a studio premier of Levon's documentary Ain't In It For My Health,
a 45-minute performance by several of our band members and a brief Q&A about the film.
Seating will be extremely limited and a very small number of tickets will be sold for this very personal, moving and emotional event."
For tickets and more information, go to levonhelm.com.
- News and new concert dates from Jim Weider.
- Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard!
Saugerties, NY -- (Kingston) Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D - Ulster /
Dutchess), announced today legislation that will designate New York
State Route 375 as "Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard." The road will span
from the intersection of New York State Route 28 in West Hurley to the
intersection of New York State Route 212 in Woodstock.
"Levon Helm was a true inspiration to not only millions of fans but
our community," Cahill said. "His Rambles became a mainstay in the
town of Woodstock bringing back old soulful music worth listening to
in a welcoming venue he created."
Levon Helm Studios which was opened in 1975 brought legendary
musicians to our area including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Emmylou
Harris, Elvis Costello, Phil Lesh, Kris Kristofferson, The Black
Crows, and many others. With his Midnight Rambles he was able to
return the music culture of Woodstock to the levels for which it was
"In a world that often compromised integrity Levon Helm cultivated the
tradition of professionalism with a deep respect for his craft and
remained refreshingly genuine throughout his life. It is with great
honor that I carry a bill that would preserve the life, career, and
music of Levon Helm."
- Jim Weider and Garth Hudson are
playing at the Infinity Music Hall
in Norfolk, CT, on Saturday Feb 23, 2013.
- Friday April 26, 2013, at Hugh's Room in Toronto, Canada:
of Levon Helm"
- New Midnight Ramble date, March 2, 2013, at Levon Helm Studios,
with special guest Marco Benevento. See
for tickets and more information.
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